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Priest murdered in Congo

February 27, 2015

A priest has been killed in North Kivu, a conflict-torn province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The murder of Father Jean-Paul Kakule Kyalembera “appears to be an act of banditry,” Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma told the Fides news agency.

“The priest was closing the doors of the church when he discovered one or more gunmen who were hiding somewhere,” the bishop added. “The criminals fired without hesitation, hitting him in the abdomen and head.”

Bishop Kyalembera also discussed the rampant violence in the area:

In our diocese there are many gangs that terrorize the population, and there are too many weapons in circulation. Nuns are among the victims of violence and extortion, who are threatened with death if they do not pay a ransom of $4,000. The situation remains very dangerous.


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